Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign imparts knowledge about hygiene and sanitation best practices to Noida school teachers and principals

Noida: As part of its nationwide hygiene and sanitation campaign “Dettol Banega Swachh India”, RB India in association with Jagran Pehel concluded a five-day training program for Noida government schools’ teachers and principals. Through the training session, the teachers and principals were taught how to use a teacher’s manual and deliver the curriculum including the activities, creating a conducive environment for improvised hygiene and sanitation. The Hygiene E curriculum was introduced across these schools with the support of Noida District Magistrate and implementation partners in line with WASH delivery model.

Developed by RB India in partnership with Butterfly Fields and XSEED this curriculum has key elements like Hygiene in school, home, neighbourhood, personal hygiene and hygiene during illness. Curriculum has 15 sessions per year along with teacher work books and games developed under guidance of Late Dr Abdul Kalam. Curriculum has three levels with 45 sessions in total for three years. It is meant to cover primary secondary school kids and strengthen behaviour Change on hygiene and Sanitation. Prominent schools like Salarpur Primary School, Gejha Primary School from Noida participated in the training sessions.

On the successful completion of the training session, Ravi Bhatnagar, Head External Affairs & Partnerships, RB India said ‘The Hygiene E Curriculum is aimed at not only changing mindsets and behaviour among school students, but also to make them the catalyst of change in schools, homes and neighbourhoods. We acknowledge the fact that teachers and principals can augment the right knowledge and exposure to build good habits in children. Through this training program we have tried to bridge the gap in a successful manner and we will continue to work meticulously towards driving behavioural change to achieve a clean and hygienic future.’

The programme has already been successfully deployed in 5,000 schools across rural parts of 7 states reaching 25 lakh students. The program has already reached 50,000 teachers who were trained at a ratio of 1 teacher per 50 students. The program has garnered positive impact already with overall increase in awareness about handwashing, students following sanitation practice, knowledge about prevention of diarrhoea, necessity to treat water before drinking and maintaining clean toilets in schools. Additionally, in schools, a children parliament will be formed to ensure that young champions imbibe their right to hygiene under the campaign – Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.

The main highlight of the ‘School program’ is the activity based curriculum that has been specifically designed keeping in mind the learning ability of students from primary schools. The entire curriculum is divided into 3 levels; Level 1 for 1st – 2nd standard, level 2 for 3rd and 4th standards and level 3 for 5th standard students. Each level will have 15 sessions. The curriculum is also equipped with innovative interactive ideas such as hygiene corners, wall paintings and creative posters which depict the value of hygiene. The program already has an existing model which includes Bal Sansad, change makers, nukkadnataks and regular parent’s interactions to promote the concept of hygiene and sanitation in a holistic manner. The outreach and success of the program will also be measured through an impact assessment report on the completion of each year.